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Summer Solstice Run

Summer Solstice Run 2015

The 2015 Summer Solstice Run is an ultra-run of 40 miles through the night of Summer Solstice (June 19, 2015), raising awareness and funds to launch On The Ground’s Project Congo. Project Congo’s initiatives promote peace and gender equality, while highlighting the inspirational stories of those working to break the chains of poverty and conflict. Program work focuses on coffee cooperatives, communities and partnering NGO’s to empower women coffee farmers.

Help make the Summer Solstice Run 2015 a resounding sucess by donating to one of our runner’s Razoo accounts!

Overnight Solstice Run – Video Production by Jake Burgess


What? Where? Why? When? How?


The Summer Solstice Run is an overnight ultra-run, starting at sunset, continuing 40 miles south along the Leelanau Peninsula until sunrise. This is all about fun, adventure and camaraderie – it’s not a race. It also has transpired to training for Run Across Ethiopia and Run Across Palestine participants. The annual runs have occurred during both the summer and winter solstices, ranging from 30-40 miles during the shortest days and shortest nights of the year. For some this will be the first of their Solstice Runs, for others it may be their 6th! This will be one of the most amazing life experiences you have, join us and together we will make a difference for women in the DR Congo! There are only 100 spots this year so don’t wait to sign-up!

Join the crew for the 2015 Summer Solstice Run

Traverse City, MI – June 19, 2015


register online today!


Distance Options
The Run offers four options:

  • 40 miles – The whole shebang. Start at sunset and finish at sunrise.
  • 20 miles – Two half-Solstice options. Begin or end near Suttons Bay at the midway point.
  • Relay – You and three other friends each run a 10 mile leg (4 max per team-We’re flexible with relay leg lengths. Do what works for each runner on the team).
  • The Last 10 – Meet the team early in the morning and finish the last 10 miles with us!

Following the run, join fellow participants in a post-run celebration on the beach and a dip in the lake during sunrise.


The Solstice Run will commence at North Lighthouse Point (the northernmost point of Michigan’s Leelanau Peninsula) and will travel 40 miles through the night south along the west shore of Grand Traverse Bay, coming to an end at the beach just past Clinch Park in Traverse City, Michigan.


The Solstice Run is to raise funds and awareness for OTG’s Project Congo. Participating runners are asked to raise $1000 each. (We will not turn anyone away who does not reach the goal-Minimum suggested donation of $100.)


The Solstice Run will take place at sunset, Friday, June 19, 2014 (approximately 9:30pm) and continue until sunrise (approximately 5:30am) on Saturday, June 20, 2014. Participating runners will have approximately 8 hours to finish the 40 miles.

How much does is cost?

There’s not a registration fee for The Solstice Run. Instead we ask runners to solicit pledges from friends and family to support Project Congo – a goal of $1,000 per runner but all contributions will be welcome. Funds will go directly to OTG’s Project Congo supporting women’s empowerment programs in the eastern region of the DRC.

What do I get?

For partaking and achieving the Solstice Run you will gain bragging rights for running through the night in the most beautiful areas of America. Also, the personal gratification of completing a run equivalent to about 1 ½ marathons. What do you win? Personal growth, gratification, and a new group of wild and adventurous running comrades.

How do I learn more?

After registering you will receive an entire packet about the run details, fundraising support and more information of On The Ground and Project Congo. Or contact to learn more and answer any questions.


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Join the crew for the 2015 Summer Solstice Run

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If running isn’t your thing but you want to be involved email We love volunteers!


CLICK HERE to learn more about the Solstice Runs, Summer and Winter, and how they’ve supported OTG’s growth over the last three years.